How To Fix A Ripped Couch Cushion: Two Easy Methods & Items Needed

Two Easy Methods & Items Needed To Fix A Ripped Couch Cushion

Irrespective of the type of upholstery the couch is made from, rips in your couch cushions need to be rectified as quickly as possible. Rips that are not repaired quickly may worsen further, & if you don't pay attention to this issue, then it can totally ruin your whole couch cushion. If you are going to fix a ripper couch cushion by yourself then you just need to collect all the required items and go through both the methods mentioned below:

Things Needed

  • Anti-Fray Glue & Sewing Pins
  • 6-Inch Upholstery Needle
  • Heavy-Duty Polyester Upholstery Thread
  • Scalpel
  • Leather Adhesive Or Strong Fabric Glue & Toothpick
  • Leather Filler & Leather Color
  • Sponge & Leather Sealant

Method 1: Fabric Upholstery

  • First of all, you need to open the zipper and then remove the padding before turning your cover inside-out.
  • Now, you need to apply anti-fray glue on any worn edges.
  • The next thing is to set the iron at least temperature. Now you need to hold your rip together and then line up the edges of your entire length. Next, glide your iron across the fold a few times using light pressure.
  • You need to pin your rip together with the help of a few sewing pins. Now place them 3-fourths of an inch from the edge of your rip, parallel to it.
  • You need to choose a color of heavy-duty polyester upholstery thread that is identical to your cushion. Hold your thread against your couch in order to compare the shades.
  • Now you need to thread a 6-inch upholstery needle with the help of thread. After that, at the thread end, tie a knot.
  • Next you need to insert your needle through with the bottom of the top layer of fabric, approximately 1-eighth of an inch from the edge, starting at the bottom of your rip. Simply pull your thread through with until the knot meets the bottom of the top layer of your fabric.
  • Now whip the stitch by pushing the needle from the back to the front of both layers over & over again to create slanted stitches, which loop around the edges of your tear. Continue to whip stitching until you reach the end of your rip.
  • Finally, start turning your cover right side out. Put your stuffing inside the cover and then zipper it shut.

Method 2: Leather Upholstery

  • Firstly, cut away worn, unbalanced edges of your tear with a razor knife, scalpel, or sharp scissors.
  • Now you need to measure the perimeter of your rip. You need to choose medium-weight firm cotton fabric from a featherweight canvas or cloth provided by the leather repair kit. You need to trim your cloth so it is 1 inch bigger than the perimeter of the couch tear.
  • Then insert your cloth behind the tear by using a pair of tweezers. Now you need to place your cloth in a way that you should be able to see that it is centered underneath the couch tear. The next thing is to smooth all wrinkles in your cloth until it lays flat.
  • Now you need to apply leather adhesive or any strong fabric glue into the torn area betwixt your cushion & the cloth with a toothpick.
  • Next start putting a heavyweight on the patch & make sure to apply adhesive & set for at least 1 complete hour.
  • Now you need to apply a thin layer of the leather filler over the tear & let it sit until it dries wholly. Continue to layer your leather filler until the torn area is barely visible. Let it set betwixt each application.
  • The next thing is to dip the edge of your sponge into the leather color that easily matches the color of your cushion. Sponge the torn area about one-quarter of an inch around the perimeter. Now you need to blend your color lightly & let it sit until it's dry.
  • Finally, you need to apply a layer of leather sealant and leave it to dry entirely.

Useful Tips

  • If your couch cushion does not have a zipper, then you need to whip stitch from the outside with the help of a curved upholstery needle.
  • If you don't have the correct color of the thread then you can also use thread that is in a shade darker than the upholstery.
  • If you are not sure about the color, test your leather color on an inconspicuous area of your cushion before applying it.
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